Japan Govt Wins Suit over My Number ID System

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Yokohama, Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)--Yokohama District Court on Thursday issued a ruling in favor of the Japanese government in a lawsuit filed over the state-managed My Number identification system for social security services and taxation.

"The My Number system does not infringe on privacy rights," Presiding Judge Takehiro Sekiguchi at the court in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, said, rejecting a demand by 230 plaintiffs that the use of the system be stopped.

This is the first ruling among eight lawsuits filed against the government over the My Number system. The other seven suits are proceeding at district courts in Tokyo and the cities of Osaka, Sendai, Niigata, Kanazawa, Nagoya and Fukuoka. The focal point is how courts judge areas related to privacy rights for which there is no clear legal provision.

The 230 plaintiffs, mainly residents in Kanagawa, demanded that the government stop using the system, delete 12-digit ID numbers given to all people with residence registration in the country and pay 25.3 million yen in consolation money. All of the demands were turned down.

They claimed that Article 13 of the Japanese Constitution guarantees, according to a theory, the rights of individuals to decide on their own how their personal information is handled, including on preventing such data from being used in information and communications networks against their will.

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